The Far Side Returns!

Gary Larson's THE FAR SIDE Cartoon Coming Back
by Michael Walsh
Sep 16 2019 • 10:06 AM




Gary Larson said goodbye to fans and the absurdist universe of The Far Side with his final comic on January 1, 1995, and since then the real world has done everything it can to live up to the inanity of his iconic comic strip. Unfortunately, the foolishness of 2019 isn't nearly as enjoyable as sentient chickens and oversized suburban bugs. Now, the 21st century might be getting both of those creatures--along with aliens, cavemen, clever cows, and women with beehive hairdos--because for the first time in almost two decades, the cartoon's official webpage has been updated. And unless this joke is on all of us, The Far Side will soon be returning.

After sitting dormant since 1999, The Far Side's webpage was updated suddenly and without warning (which we first learned about at The Daily Cartoonist). It features a new cartoon of an explorer using a blowtorch to melt some of the strip's most iconic characters from a large block of ice. Below it reads, "Uncommon, unreal, and (soon-to-be) unfrozen. A new online era of The Far Side is coming!" Since the cartoon itself is signed by Larson, it certainly appears he will be returning with all new comics for the first time in almost 25 years.

Does this make my complete Far Side collection obsolete? Yes. Do I care? Not even a little bit.

As for when the strip might formally return--and based on this announcement it seems to be coming back as an online comic--the best guess is January 1, 2020. The strip first appeared in paper's on January 1, 1980, and that date also marked its farewell in 1995. (Though a second Gary Larson's Tales from the Far Side TV special aired on CBS in 1997).

Will The Far Side seem as absurd in the 21st century as it did when it first debuted 40 years ago? We don't know, but we know we can use a good laugh even more now.

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Haha! Nice!

one of the best cartoons ever growing up

Oh yesssss.............

I hope he doesn't end up being another boring sjw in his old age. His cartoons were the shit back in the day, and we need some of that inappropriateness back.

epic. can't imagine him not crushing it. 

his stuff was almost NEVER political in the past, can't imagine he's going to change it up now.

best comic strip ever

Awesome 

ranier wolfcastle -

best comic strip ever

This so much 

ranier wolfcastle -

best comic strip ever

100% agreed. 

 

I use this one at work often.....

 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjn6c-EvN3kAhVLmuAKHVNgCpEQjRx6BAgBEAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fdrillster.zendesk.com%2Fhc%2Fen-us%2Farticles%2F115005003626--Mr-Osborne-May-I-be-excused-My-brain-is-full-&psig=AOvVaw2HEUEqB45Gf2eE1mnk637k&ust=1569002523744495

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F453385887479914682%2F&psig=AOvVaw2lPwg4sLLHYuSKhACgYNnl&ust=1569002557120870

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Epic

Grew up in the "Golden Years" of comic strips. Between "Calvin & Hobbes" and "The Far Side".... just those 2 made life worth living!

Khun Kao - Grew up in the "Golden Years" of comic strips. Between "Calvin & Hobbes" and "The Far Side".... just those 2 made life worth living!

Add to that (for me anyway), Bloom County. Opus the Penguin and Bob the Cat were f'n awesome.

 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwi_3vuvxd3kAhXtdN8KHX33A2sQjRx6BAgBEAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F437764026270980954%2F&psig=AOvVaw11EfDed5ZpugaL8W7VjzWF&ust=1569005021054470

 

Billy and The Boingers!

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_and_the_Boingers_Bootleg

This is one of my all time faves

Al Cappucino - 
Khun Kao - Grew up in the "Golden Years" of comic strips. Between "Calvin & Hobbes" and "The Far Side".... just those 2 made life worth living!

Add to that (for me anyway), Bloom County. Opus the Penguin and Bob the Cat were f'n awesome.

 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwi_3vuvxd3kAhXtdN8KHX33A2sQjRx6BAgBEAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F437764026270980954%2F&psig=AOvVaw11EfDed5ZpugaL8W7VjzWF&ust=1569005021054470

 

Billy and The Boingers!

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_and_the_Boingers_Bootleg




You are sooooo right! I totally blanked there!

He is brilliant. Funny thing is he was huge and just stopped. In the 80's my dad had a lot of the books. Gary is a good dude.

Al Cappucino - 
Khun Kao - Grew up in the "Golden Years" of comic strips. Between "Calvin & Hobbes" and "The Far Side".... just those 2 made life worth living!

Add to that (for me anyway), Bloom County. Opus the Penguin and Bob the Cat were f'n awesome.

 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwi_3vuvxd3kAhXtdN8KHX33A2sQjRx6BAgBEAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F437764026270980954%2F&psig=AOvVaw11EfDed5ZpugaL8W7VjzWF&ust=1569005021054470

 

Billy and The Boingers!

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_and_the_Boingers_Bootleg




I still own an opus shirt
work shirt now but I have it